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Add Color to Your Song with Vocal Registers

Add Color to Your Song with Vocal Registers
Should you always use chest voice on low notes and head voice on high notes? Lisa Popeil points to some intriguing possibilities.

We can sing almost any note in our range in chest voice or head voice, says Lisa Popeil.

If you use and alternate both head and chest voice in your songs, you’ll add color and emotion. Lisa explains in this video:

My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry

Miguel Pires Miguel Pires - Your Song

Miguel, I could listen to you sing all day long!  Or as we like to say in the US,  you sing “like butter”! Smooth, warm, with rich low notes, impressive high notes, a voice to make others jealous. 

At first, your imitation of Elton John’s pronunciation was so spot-on, I HAD to research your nationality. Portugal.  Wow. But I did notice a couple of giveaways later in the song and thought I’d pass them on. 

In English, (both American and British) , on the sound “d”, we put the tip of the tongue on the ridge just behind the front teeth while in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian, the tip of the tongue is against the teeth, making the “d” more forward.  Also, your “r” sound, which in Irish and American dialects has a retracted tongue tip (pulled backwards),  in your case, you could retract the tongue less, more like the Brits say it.  See how deep I have to dig to find something instructional to say?! You’re a simply fabulous singer.

Why I chose Miguel Pires as a Finalist

I choose Miguel Pires to move forward as a finalist in the VoiceCouncil Singing competition because of the beauty of his voice, his stylistic versatility, and his warm, inviting presence.


Lisa Popeil is one of LA’s top voice coaches. She is the creator of the ‘Daily Vocal Workout for Pop Singers’ CD download (for Male and Female) as well as the Voiceworks® Method and the Total Singer DVD, conducts cutting-edge voice research, lectures internationally and is a vocal health consultant. Lisa is a voting member of NARAS, the Grammy® organization, ASCAP, AFTRA and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. www.popeil.com